Monday, July 21, 2008

We'll Leave the Red Light On for You, Slim Jim, -and- Drive My Car

We'll Leave the Red Light On for You - S.F. may legalize prostitution
Slim Jim - inmate loses weight, escapes through vent
Drive My Car - police chief's daughter uses impounded car for free

On this day in history: July 21, 1925 - John Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in a Tennessee public school. The jury fines him $100.

Born on this day in history: July 21, 1899 - Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) Born in Oak Park, Illinois, writer Ernst Hemingway served in an ambulance corps in World War I. Later based in Paris, he was part of Gertrude Stein’s expatriate circle. His first novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926) gained instant acclaim and A Farewell to Arms (1929) put him in the front ranks. In 1927, Hemingway settled in the U.S.

Scripture of the Day: [Speaking to the Israelites about their enemies, Moses said:] "Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God." - Deuteronomy 7:21

Video of the Day: Master Casters: Skeet Fishing - submitted by Darin

The office television died! When I arrive at my office, I unlock the front door, turn off the alarm system, say a prayer—thanking God for his protective covering over my office—switch the door sign to "Open," turn on the monitor on the kiosk computer, turn on the television and satellite receiver, turn on the monitor on Liberty (my secondary system), turn on the monitor on Phaedra (my main system), turn on the lights, unlock the rear door, and either open the rear door or turn on the air conditioning—depending on the interior temperature of the office. This is a routine I have followed for many, many years. I followed this procedure this morning, but immediately sensed something was amiss when the sound for the Fox News Channel emanated from the television without the compliment of video! Yikes! The 15-year-old Sony television is dead! I dread removing it from its perch. It is an ancient 27" CRT beast that weighs a great deal. I do not clearly recall placing it on the wall bracket. It must have been a great chore! I am unsure what I shall do now that the television has died, but I do know that listening to Fox news without video is creepy!

The weekend weather was beautiful. It was in the upper 90s—considerably cooler than the triple-digit temperatures of the previous weekend. I enjoy warm weather, but I must admit that 115 degrees is a bit warmer than I find enjoyable.

Saturday morning, I made a large batch of salsa. Laura had received several wonderful home-grown tomatoes from a co-worker. I diced them and added 4 large diced Jalapeño peppers, 6 diced Serrano peppers, a large diced habanero, sliced celery, chopped green onions, 15 sliced garlic cloves, cilantro, Tony Chachere's More Spice, ground black pepper, ground cumin, and lime juice.

Later that day, we roasted baby back ribs on the grill. Laura rubbed the ribs with Tony Chachere's More Spice. She made a mop with extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, light rum, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, honey, lime juice, garlic powder, ground cumin, and sea salt. She mopped the ribs every 15 minutes. They cooked on indirect heat for 3 hours. They were wonderful. I made spicy black beans with chopped white onion, chopped celery, minced garlic, diced Jalapeño peppers, brown sugar, Tony Chachere's More Spice, molasses, ground cumin, and ground cayenne pepper. It was an excellent meal.

Sunday—after service at Harvest Christian Center—I made guacamole, using the salsa I made Saturday. We had guacamole, salsa, and tortilla chips and played Scrabble. Laura won the first game, and I won the second game.

For dinner, I made pasta with shrimp. I cooked a package of Barilla thick spaghetti al dente, drained, and tossed with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, and cooked shrimp. I also made garlic bread. It was a delightful meal. Leftover pasta and shrimp will follow Laura to work this morning.